WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Tim Ryan (OH-17) released the following statement calling on Senate Republicans to support the Menendez amendment to end tax subsidies to Big Oil and instead invest in renewable energy:
“Everyday, Ohioans are paying more at the pump while Washington Republicans, Mitt Romney, and Josh Mandel push to funnel billions of dollars in subsidies to Big Oil. It’s unconscionable that people in Akron, or Columbus, or Cincinnati are forced to bankroll Big Oil companies with their tax dollars while they’re gouged at the pump.
“My Republican colleagues in the Senate should stand up for the hardworking families in Ohio and across the country and support the Menendez amendment. With this vote, Republicans should support President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy policy and take a step toward fostering the type of clean energy policies that will save families thousands of dollars over time. Republicans other option is to march in lock step with Mitt Romney and Josh Mandel and shamelessly cater to Big Oil donors who benefit from these wasteful subsidies.
“Mitt Romney and Josh Mandel keep beating the drum to protect special interests and corporate executives, and they want Ohioans to foot the bill. Tonight, I hope Senate Republicans take a step away from Mitt Romney and Josh Mandel and do what they can to help Ohioans back at home deal responsibly with the rising costs of energy.”